Capital High School principal Chris Woods has accepted a job as executive director of student learning in the Tumwater School District.
He will begin his new job on July 1.
“It’s bittersweet,” Woods said about the departure. “It’s going to be hard leaving Capital.”
As a result of Woods’ departure, assistant principals Michelle Anderson and Jennifer Hewitt have been appointed as co-principals for the 2015-16 school year.
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“Both are experienced administrators and will maintain the success and energy at Capital High School,” Olympia Superintendent Dick Cvitanich said.
In addition, Gordon Chamberlin, assistant principal at Reeves Middle School and a former assistant principal at Capital, will return to Capital to serve as its assistant principal for the school year.
A search for Capital’s permanent principal will begin after school resumes, according to school district spokeswoman Rebecca Japhet. The process will involve staff members, students, parents and community members; the goal is to have the school’s next leader selected by next spring, she said.
Woods grew up in Olympia, and graduated from Capital High.
After college, he returned to his hometown to teach third grade at Hansen Elementary School, first grade at McKenny Elementary School, and seventh-grade social studies and language arts at Washington Middle School.
Later, he was assistant principal at Reeves Middle School for two years and principal at Pioneer Elementary for six years before taking the helm at Capital in 2010.
“We wish Chris Woods well,” Cvitanich said. “He has been a terrific teacher and administrator in our school district for many years, and I know he will be successful in his new role.”
In Tumwater, Woods will serve in the 6,300-student district’s No. 2 leadership spot. He’ll oversee principals and the student learning side of the district, as well as curriculum, career and technical education, and technology, according to Tumwater spokeswoman Kim Howard.
Woods will replace Andrew Schwebke who has taken an administrative position in the White River School District, which is closer to his home in Pierce County, Howard said.